2002 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

Pinot Noir

  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Côte de Beaune
  • Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru

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  • bevetroppo wrote: 91 points

    January 14, 2012 - Thanks to my brother, I'm reading my way through The Drops of God, a manga tribute to the glory of French wine ( at least so far). Imagine a comic book in which two superheroes engage in a cosmic battle to identify 13 of the world's greatest wines, going off nothing but the tasting notes of an enigmatic Japanese Robert Parker. I've never read manga before and if this is representative, I'm pretty sure it won't become a habit, but Drops does a great job of evoking the poetry in a good bottle of wine, and in fact, helped me revalidate my own approach to tasting notes, which are at best flights of pure imaginative fancy. Nothing beats the main character's blind musings about a wine leading to a pause...and then a two page spread of a beautiful young maiden standing in a field of flowers...will she turn around? will she kiss you? In fact, there are more hot women rendered in these books than I've seen in person at 35 years of serious wine tastings, which is the real problem: I don't need anyone teaching billions of new middle/upper middle class consumers why they need to compete with me for scarce Burgundies and Bordeaux I already can't afford.

    This Bize, obtained at auction, had me a little worried initially because the cork was saturated purple. I read somewhere this can be indicative of storage at elevated temperatures, which can cause the wine to bubble up along the sides of the barrel of the cork. But fears were unfounded. The nose was immediately inviting and complex, shot through with red berries, soy, and distinct, pervasive notes of forest floor. In fact, if I were lost inside the pages of Drops, I would certainly have found myself in a mature forest, stepping over half rotting, moss-covered logs, watching shafts of sunlight penetrate the canopy, then half stumbling on a small bush of fragrant ripe strawberries, offered to me by a lissome lass clad in a diaphanous robe. You get the idea. I have to say I liked this Bize best at the outset, when at cellar temperature it retained a charming and engaging freshness that overlaid the bosky impressions and then dissipated over the course of the three hours I enjoyed it. Assuming good provenance, it is fully mature now, should not be decanted, and will provide maximum pleasure over the next three years.

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  • calnative commented:

    1/14/12, 9:02 PM - Looking forward to reading this "Drops of God". Perhaps I will read while drinking some of the 02 Bize Savigny Vergelesses in my cellar. I suppose I agree with the 3 year time frame but the actual tasting not was a bit of a let down. Perhaps it would help if I knew what a "bosky impression" was...have to look that up.
    P.S. my corks have not been saturated. Very clean with just a mm or two saturated.

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